Posted on September 24th, 2012
Today’s PSA: what is a fruit?
I knew tomatoes were a fruit and have since I was young (admittedly, I went through a phase where I thought they were a fruit when they were raw and a vegetable when they were cooked, but I grew out of it at around 10). I’d argue with people about the fruitiness of tomatoes. But if you’ve ever grown tomatoes, you know that, yes, they’re the ripened ovary of a plant. Ergo, fruit.
But what about these guys?
But while they are true fruits, they aren’t culinary fruits. Instead, they’re classified as culinary vegetables — which means 8-10 year-old me (or all the people I argued with) wasn’t far off, because tomatoes are culinary vegetables, too. And some culinary fruits (like rhubarb) are classified as fruit even though they’re really vegetables.